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McKinney, TX area patients may understand that routine dental visits include cleaning and evaluation. Still, they may not fully understand the importance of professional dental cleaning at a caring, compassionate dental office such as Thompson Dental. Dr. Ryan J. Thompson and his team include licensed professionals who have the experience and expertise to provide thorough and effective cleanings.

Why are professional dental cleanings important?

Many patients who brush and floss their teeth every day and after every meal may wonder why they need to see a dentist for professional teeth cleaning. While most patients can effectively keep their teeth clean and free from periodontal disease and tooth decay, some areas in the mouth can be “hard to reach” and make it difficult to fully clean. That can leave the site susceptible to problems such as tooth decay or the development of periodontal disease. Additionally, during a dental cleaning, a dental hygienist may also spot early signs of cavities or disease and point them out to the dentist for further evaluation.

How long does a dental cleaning take?

Most dental cleanings are performed quickly in the dentist’s chair within about twenty minutes, though patients with early stages of gum disease may require more time. Patients may experience some redness and tenderness along the gum line if they have had a more intensive cleaning due to gingivitis. Patients may be prescribed special toothpaste or mouthwashes to alleviate these issues and improve their smiles by the next dental visit.

What are the benefits of professional dental cleanings?

  • Time for a professional to evaluate the smile.
  • Effective removal of plaque, tartar, and calculus.
  • A deep cleaning that cannot be achieved at home.
  • Help keep the teeth clean and avoid the development of gum disease or cavities.

Ready for a dental cleaning?

If you are looking for a licensed dental professional to provide thorough teeth cleaning in the McKinney, TX area, consider the staff at Thompson Dental. Our team is located at 1550 S. Custer Road, Suite #100, and patients can call (972) 366-7743 to request an initial appointment. We accept new patients and families interested in professional dental care.

Dr. Ryan Thompson


Dr. Ryan Thompson received his Bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurial and Small Business Management from Texas A&M University. After obtaining his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Texas Health Science Center, he served as a captain in the United States Air Force for a year while completing his Advanced Education General Dentistry Residency. He spent two more years as a dentist in the Air Force and worked as an associate dentist in Sherman, TX before opening Thompson Dental.

He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and North Texas Dental Society. He enjoys looking after the dental health of the communities in McKinney, Allen, Frisco, Plano, and Prosper and has also volunteered for several international dental mission trips.
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